Inversion therapy is as simple as hanging from your heels. Spider monkeys and bats hang upside down. Now we can do the same and reap a host of benefits that range far beyond just the obvious orthopedic ones:
Herniated disc and sciatic nerve pain relief
Cervical spinal stenosis
Fibromyalgia and headaches
Improves lung function
Drains and clears sinuses
Improves peripheral and central circulation
Alleviates varicose veins
Improves heart function
Improves lymphatic circulation and drainage
Boosts immune system
Improves posture and flexibility
Improves sleep quality
Regains height from intervertebral disk compresion
Boosts creative thinking
Relieves depression, seasonal affective disorder
The inversion table may require personal assistance initially, but once a user become comfortable with adjusting the correct height setting and negotiating the foot clamps, it is easy and fun to rock yourself up and down as your de-compress your spine and all weight bearing joints.
Research at Newcastle University in England followed 22 patients with lumbar disc herniations and sciatic nerve pain from 2003 to 2006 who had been recommended for back surgery. The group was divided between physical therapy alone which resulted in a 78% back surgery disposition, whereas 77% of those who also had inversion therapy were spared from the need for surgical intervention.
Begin with 30 degree inversion or until you feel pressure in your face and then return to the flat position and repeat. With time you will be able to tolerate longer and steeper inversions. But many experience significant benefit with only 60 degrees. A full 90 degree upside-down is not needed!